PIN Peanut Butter Protein Healthy Cookie Dough Balls Recipe
Why these are the BEST Snack
Does it seem like you are ALWAYS on the prowl for more healthy but easy snack ideas? I mean, a snack needs to be delicious, nourishing and filling, in my opinion, and easy to throw together when I am hungry! Look no further than these healthy peanut butter energy balls! We’ve made chai energy balls and vegan no bake date energy protein balls with matcha, but today those balls can move on over to make room for these tasty peanut butter beauties. They are seriously the most SIMPLE and completely SCRUMPTIOUS little peanut balls and they will give you that boost of energy that you need to get to your next meal. What’s more is that they are made with only 3 good-for-you ingredients that you will feel good about!
Like I said, this recipe only calls for 3 ingredients, so you won’t need to spend much time at all rounding up everything you will need. Here’s the list of items to make this healthy peanut butter balls recipe:
- Crunchy Natural Peanut Butter
- Powdered Peanut Butter
- Honey (or agave)
How to make Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
Are you aboard the peanut butter ball train yet? I mean, that short list of ingredients is most definitely a winner and the taste will also have you singing their praises. Here’s how to make your own no bake peanut butter balls healthy:
Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and use an electric hand mixer to beat them thoroughly until the mixture is crumbly and everything is well combined.
Use your hands to work the mixture well, then roll the dough into portion sized balls.
If you wish, you can chill these for a bit, or just dig in and enjoy right away!
If you’re no stranger to the FFF blog, you will know that if it’s possible to mix things up in a recipe to suit your needs and preferences, I totally encourage it! For this recipe, there are a bunch of ways to take it to the next level and make it your own:
Add Ins: These peanut butter balls are fantastic all on their own, but why not throw in some chopped nuts of your choice, a handful of dried cranberries or raisins, or some decadent and delicious chocolate chips?
Nut Butters: If you’re not into peanut butter, feel free to swap it out for any other type of nut butter and let me know how they turn out for you! Pecan butter, cashew butter, almond butter- sky’s the limit!
How to store Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
Now that you have all your oh-so-delicious peanut butter balls and are ready to enjoy them, it’s time to talk storage. This is a great make-ahead snack recipe, so if you happen to double or triple it for snacks throughout the week, here’s some tips on how to keep them fresh. These peanut butter balls can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. To freeze, simply place them on a cookie sheet and pop it in the freezer. When the balls are firm, pop them all in a sealed ziploc freezer style bag and label it with the date. These balls will last up to 3 months in the freezer.
Peanut Butter Energy Balls FAQ
To answer this, we need to ask, is peanut butter healthy? And the answer is yes, it is. Peanut butter is high in protein and healthy fats. However, these peanut butter balls can lose a bit of their sheen when many recipes call for added sugars and other, less desirable ingredients (at least, for health-conscious individuals) that can make them less healthy. So, stick to all-natural peanut butter and add ingredients like honey or agave fruit for sweetness.
Try chilling the mixture for a bit before rolling it into balls. Also, examine the peanut butter you’re using. It could be too soft. Some brands of peanut butter are softer than others, and using a softer peanut butter will make the mixture harder to work with. Finally, you may have added too much honey.
A dry mixture may make it difficult to shape the balls; they may crumble or fall apart when you try to roll them. In this case, adding a bit of extra honey to the mixture can help to moisten it and make it easier to work with. Keep in mind, however, that adding too much honey can also make the balls too sticky and soft (see previous question), so only add a small amount at a time until the right consistency is achieved.
If you follow this recipe, each peanut butter ball should have 84 calories and close to 5g of protein. Enjoy!
Other Recipes You Might Like:
- 1/2 Cup Creamy natural peanut butter
- 1 1/4 Cup Powdered peanut butter
- 4 Tbsp Honey (or agave for vegan)
- In a large bowl, beat together all the ingredients until crumbly and mixed.
- Use your hands to really work the mixture together until smooth and well combined.
- Roll into 1 Tbsp sized balls and DEVOUR
Tips & Notes:
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(per bite – based off recipe making 18 bites)
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